GU Unveils Plans for New Athletic Center
125,000 Square-Foot Facility to House Practice Courts and Training Facilities
Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 16:09
Intercollegiate Director of Athletics Lee Reed announced plans for a new 125,000-square-foot athletic facility in an email sent to the student body Wednesday night.
Georgetown Sports Information Director Mex Carey said that the final details of the project, including location, cost and time of completion are still being formalized.
The new project, named the Intercollegiate Athletic Center, will house practice courts, locker rooms, team meeting rooms and coaches' offices for the men's and women's basketball programs. Locker rooms for men's and women's soccer and lacrosse as well as weight training facilities and training room areas for all varsity athletes are also slated to be built.
In addition, the IAC will house a new student-athlete academic center, auditorium and team meeting facilities for all varsity sports programs. The Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame, currently located in the Leavey Center, will be moved to the new building.
"The need for the IAC has never been more important than now, and it is the most urgent priority for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics," Reed wrote.
According to the email, the initial planning and design stages of the project have been completed. The proposal is being submitted to various neighborhood authorities to obtain the permission to break ground.
According to Reed, the project has funding sources lined up.
"We have defined the financial model for the IAC and engaged a number of individuals within our community regarding the fundraising that will be necessary to complete this vision," Reed said.
Expanding athletic facilities has been a concern for a number of years for the university. In an interview with The Hoya in the spring, Reed emphasized the need for more space.
"It's something we need to pay attention to, because from a competitive standpoint, we don't have facilities like some of the programs we compete against in the Big East," he said. "We have a plan in place that's working on that for the next five to 10 years."